The popular detective series Sherlock concluded after three episodes in Season 4, setting in motion rumours about the cancellation of Season 5. However, the writers of the series have now revealed what actually the plan was.
Gatiss revealed in an interview with Radio Times that their original plan for the detective series was to show a backstory and the characters as young men which will give the viewers the idea as what makes them the type of men they are or the fans know them to be. Gatiss further explained the reference of Rathbone Place at the end of season 4.
The reference is the allusion to Basil Rathbone who in the 1940s played Sherlock Holmes and that inspired the writers and showrunners to make the show into the modern-day series. It was just a way of hinting that Sherlock and Dr. Watson will be back.
In other news, for the first time ever, the said finale season of Sherlock drew the minimum number of audience. According to reports, only 5.9 million people tuned in to watch the finale episode of the series. While the first episode of season had 8.1 million people watching, this was a sharp decline in the viewership.
Despite hints about a Season 5, everyone is also speculating that "Sherlock" Season 4 is possibly the last one. When Moffat was asked about the future of the show, he said: "If this is the last time - and I'm not planning on it to be, but it might be - it is possible that we could end it," the Independent reported.
Previously, Moffat hinted in July that Sherlock season 4 would be the last one of the series. Moreover, according to a source, as reported by The Sun, the lead actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman aren't close to each other. The source also mentioned that two actors are not willing to work with each other. So, the fate of the show remains unknown.